Parenting Insights Live talks

Our free talks at our Expos provide you with up-to-date information from trusted, experienced experts and the ideal opportunity to have all your questions answered, to alleviate your fears or concerns.

The schedule below shows all talks featured at our 2018 Expo. Please check closer to our 2019 Expo for updated talk schedule and times.

Our FREE Antenatal classes: We run FREE antenatal classes at all our Expos, each running for 40 minutes. The classes are run by Liz Wilkes, our PBCE Midwife in Residence, an informed, supportive and qualified midwife from My Midwives, with over 20 years experience.

Daily Session Timetable

Specialist Speaker: Infant Nursery Product Alliance of Australia

The Infant and Nursery Products Alliance of Australia (INPAA) session gives insight into the challenge of buying a pram or a cot.

This talk discusses options available, the safety of products and it aims to take confusion out of the process which will assist you to make the right choice for your needs. INPAA is a leading safety advocate and is a member of the standards committee for children’s consumer products. This session won’t give you all the answers but it will give you the questions you need to ask before you decide on what product to buy.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.babysafety.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes Experienced Midwife

Women heading into pregnancy, especially for the first time, have a lot of questions.

This first class in our antenatal series talks about some of the major choices – public vs private, doctor vs midwife, how do I know whether to have normal birth or caesarean.

We talk about how to start off in pregnancy to make the choices that will help you stay healthy and have a great birth and we will answer questions like what is an epidural and is it OK to have one? What other things can I have for pain? Is water birth safe? Should I have a normal birth or a caesarean? Will I tear? What happens if the cord is around the babies neck?

We cover this material honestly but sensitively and alleviate fears leaving women confident to ask for and get what they want.

Duration: 40 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Katie James

40% of mums stop breastfeeding as they think their baby is not getting enough from breastfeeding alone.

Join Katie from Medela as she talks through what’s normal in the first few days and weeks after birth, and what’s normal for the older infant aged 1-6 months when it comes to breastfeeding, and how you will know your baby is getting enough.

Katie will also look at demystifying which pump is the right one for you, depending on how you are currently breastfeeding. She will explain why pumps may be used early on in the hospital and when not to use a pump.  

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.medela.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

In this class we cover how to get ready for birth and baby.

This class gives women and their support people, a showcase of resources and strategies to practice for great birth. Hands on techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. We will discuss preparing the home and preparing to feed your baby as well.

Duration: 40 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Karitane Karitane Child and Family Health Educators

Karitane has been in operation since 1923, helping families and new parents adjust to the unique stresses of parenthood.

This presentation will provide parents with insights into their toddlers behaviours and actions. Toddlers are ruled by their emotions which is in line with their brain development at this age.

Join us to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of your toddlers' brain development
  • Understand your toddler's emotions
  • Learn some strategies to manage stressful time with your toddler

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.karitane.com.au

Australian Breastfeeding Association is Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding. 

This talk will cover key information, such as the benefits of breastfeeding, the let down reflex, supply and demand feeding and how to know if your baby is getting enough breast milk, positioning and attachment, and more. You'll also hear about the support available to help you with your breastfeeding journey.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.breastfeeding.asn.au

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

This class covers labour stages and birth of a baby.

The options you may ask for in labour are covered along with information and skills to aid you in your birthing journey.

Duration: 40 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Would you like to boost your parenting enjoyment, confidence and knowledge by learning about Tresillian’s “Sensitive, Safe & Responsive” settling practices?

If you answered Yes...then join our Tresillian Nurses, to hear what Tresillian has learnt throughout 100 years of caring for babies' settling & sleep needs.

Together we will explore why babies cry, strategies to soothe them, recognising tired cues, how much sleep to expect, sleep cycles, and many other helpful settling tips to ultimately support you and your baby to develop a great sleep routine that can be used effectively in your home.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.tresillian.org.au

Specialist Speaker: Jill Green Soteria Safe Sleeping Advice

This presentation will provide parents and all carers (importantly bring the grandparents along!) with the skills and knowledge to understand the safest way to sleep a baby.

We will provide information and answer the following questions and more...

  • What products and mattress should I use and what products may be dangerous
  • Why should I sleep baby on the back and is it really safe?
  • Should I swaddle or wrap my baby or use a sleep bag?
  • What should the room temperature be and how much bedding do I need?
  • Is it safe to sleep with my baby?

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.riversgift.com

Note: Session times and content subject to change. The views and advice expressed during the talks are those of the speakers and are not representative of the Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo.